Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir says Rajnath

first_imgLeh: Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir and no country is backing it on the “current issue”, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday amid Islamabad’s efforts to internationalise the Centre’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370.Addressing a DRDO event here, Singh asked how can India talk to Pakistan when it keeps trying to destabilise India using terror. India wants to have a good neighbourly relationship with Pakistan, but it should first stop exporting terror to India, Singh said. “Pakistan has no locus standi on Kashmir. However, it is in illegal occupation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, including Gilgit Baltistan,” the minister said after inaugurating the ‘Kisan-Jawan Vigyan Mela’. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Parliament had passed an unanimous resolution in February 1994 in which India’s stand had been made clear, Singh said. “I want to ask Pakistan, when had Kashmir belonged to it. Pakistan was also formed out of India,” he said. India respects Pakistan’s existence, but that does not mean that it can keep making statements on Kashmir, Singh said. “Kashmir has been ours, there has been no doubt about that in the country. The truth is that PoK and Gilgit Baltistan is in illegal occupation of Pakistan. Pakistan should focus on addressing human rights violations and atrocities in PoK,” Singh said. He said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a telephonic conversation told him that abrogation of provisions of Article 370 was an internal matter of India. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”No country is with Pakistan on the current issue,” Singh said. He also cited Hindi proverb ‘begani shaadi mein abdullah deewana’ to assert that Pakistan had nothing to do with Kashmir. Earlier this month, the government had revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided the state into Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “When we made a law to make Ladakh a separate Union Territory then we not only respected the public sentiment here but also gave a solution to the problems of the people,” Singh said. “Our prime minister has made it clear that localised solution will be brought in for India’s strategic areas,” he said. Organised by Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) DRDO, the ‘Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela’ is a big step towards strengthening the strategic ecosystem in Ladakh, Singh said.last_img read more

Algeria Retrieves Body of Man Trapped in Well for 9 Days

Rabat – The Algerian civil protection retrieved 31-year-old Ayache Mahdjoubi’s body on Wednesday night after long efforts to rescue him from a30-meter wellin the village of Oum Cheml in M’sila province, Algeria.Dozens of people from the village and other regions of the country attended Mahdjoubi’s funeral on Thursday. Mahdjoubi was pronounced dead on the sixth day of the rescue attempt, which involved digging around a narrow pipeline with heavy machinery. He  stopped responding to his rescuers on the fourth day, according to an Algerian civil protection official. Read Also: Khiame Calls on Algeria to Let Go of Politics, Cooperate on SecurityAngered by the slow reaction of the governor of M’sila province, hundreds of Algerian protesters took to the streets, calling for the official to step down from his position.Algerian citizens have taken to social media to criticize their government’s “disregard” of the young man’s situation and failure to intervene sooner. read more

American activist files suit to derail 750million TransAltaBrookfield deal

CALGARY — An American activist investor trying to force change at TransAlta Corp. has launched a lawsuit to try to derail the power utility’s $750-million partnership deal with Brookfield Renewable Partners.The filing in Ontario comes after New York-based Mangrove Partners last week withdrew an application to the Alberta Securities Commission for a hearing to demand a shareholder vote on the Brookfield transaction.It had also asked for a delay in TransAlta’s annual meeting, set for Friday, at which the company plans to ask shareholders to elect Brookfield nominees to its board of directors as a condition of closing the agreement. In a news release, Mangrove president Nathaniel August accuses the TransAlta directors of attempting to entrench themselves at the expense of shareholders by obscuring the true process of the Brookfield transaction.TransAlta CEO Dawn Farrell has defended the Brookfield deal as very good for shareholders previously and insisted the company thoroughly investigated other options before signing.Mangrove and an entity controlled by Bluescape Energy Partners had agreed to join forces to use their combined 10.1 per cent ownership of TransAlta to force the examination of other financial options but they said in a regulatory filing last Friday that they had ended their partnership. Mangrove says it owns 7.1 per cent of TransAlta.TransAlta has said it plans to spend $350 million of the Brookfield investment to speed its coal-to-gas power generation transition strategy in Alberta and will use up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years. read more

Kosovo UN envoy discusses regional concerns with leaders in Mitrovica

Michael Steiner, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, discussed the region’s current situation with leaders of the Mitrovica Municipal Assembly, including its President, Faruk Spahija, and Deputy President, Mursan Ibrahimi.Mr. Steiner, who heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), also spontaneously took the officials to see the Kosovo Trust Agency office in the northern part of Mitrovica.The Agency is widely considered one of the most important institutions for Kosovo’s economic future, because it will be managing the privatization of socially owned enterprises while overseeing the management and restructuring of publicly owned businesses.

Alarming deterioration of human rights in eastern Ukraine – UN report

Following the release of the report produced by her 34-member monitoring team in Ukraine, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on “those with influence on the armed groups responsible for much of the violence in eastern Ukraine to do their utmost to rein in these men who seem bent on tearing the country apart.”The 36-page report is the second to be produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission, based in five Ukrainian cities, and covers the period from 2 April to 6 May.While noting that many peaceful rallies and demonstrations continue to take place in Ukraine, the report describes “an increasing tendency in some critical urban areas for rallies of opposing groups to be held simultaneously, often leading to violent confrontations.” It also notes “repeated acts of violence against peaceful participants of rallies,” mainly those in support of Ukraine’s unity. “In most cases, local police did nothing to prevent violence, while in some cases it openly cooperated with the attackers,” said a news release on the report. It lists numerous specific examples of targeted killings, torture and beatings, abductions, intimidation and some cases of sexual harassment – mostly carried out by well-organized and well-armed anti-Government groups in the east.The report also draws attention to missing persons, including 83 still unaccounted for after disappearing during the events related to the original “Maidan” protests in the capital, Kyiv. In the east, there has been a worrying rise in abductions and unlawful detention of journalists, activists, local politicians, representatives of international organizations and members of the military, the report says. While some have subsequently been released, the bodies of a number of others have been dumped in rivers or other areas, and some remain unaccounted for. The problem has been especially marked in and around the town of Slovyansk, in the Donetsk region, with a group called the ‘Slovyansk self-defence unit’ heavily implicated.The report also notes cases when the State Security Service and army units operating in the east have been accused of killing individuals and of being responsible for forced disappearances. “Security and law enforcement operations must be in line with international standards and guarantee the protection of all individuals at all times,” the report says, adding that “law enforcement bodies must ensure that all detainees are registered and afforded legal review of the grounds of their detention.”The report draws particular attention to the deteriorating climate facing the media in eastern Ukraine, noting that journalists, bloggers and other media personnel either based in the region, or visiting, are facing “increasing threats and acts of intimidation, including abduction and unlawful detention by armed groups.” There are numerous examples of harassment, intimidation and blocked broadcasting in eastern Ukraine and especially in Crimea, where a number of radio and TV stations have had to cease broadcasting altogether.The report notes numerous difficulties arising from the fact that “the legislation of the Russian Federation is being enforced on the territory of Crimea,” which is creating difficulties for Crimean residents given the many differences with Ukrainian laws. One example concerns the halting on 6 May of the opioid substitution therapy programme that had been available to HIV/AIDS patients in Crimea as well as in the rest of Ukraine. “The majority of former OST patients now face deterioration in their health condition due to the fact that this treatment has been curtailed,” the report states.The report highlights a number of other emerging problems in Crimea, especially in relation to the Crimean Tatars and minorities, including alarming developments surrounding the issue of citizenship; the freedom of movement of their leaders; cases of physical harassment; restrictions on Crimean Tatar media; and fears of religious persecution of those who are practising Muslims. Already, more than 7,200 people from Crimea – mostly Tartars – have become internally displaced in other areas of Ukraine. The High Commissioner urged all Ukrainian political leaders to avoid any actions that would further inflame the situation, noting that the country’s population should be allowed to vote on their future in a peaceful and secure environment during the elections scheduled for 25 May. “Free, fair and transparent presidential elections – in line with relevant international standards – are an important factor if tensions are to be reduced and law and order restored, which of course is essential for the peaceful development of the country and all its inhabitants. “Instead, the continuing rhetoric of hatred and propaganda, coupled with killings and other acts of violence, is fuelling the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine,” she stated. read more

South Sudan UN warns surge in Sudanese refugees pushes camp capacity to

With arrival rates exceeding 500 people per week, this represents an increase of more than 100 percent compared to the same period of 2013, William Spindler, spokesman at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters at a Geneva press briefing.“Since 23 December last year, more than 3,000 refugees from South Kordofan and Blue Nile States have arrived at Yida border town, a spontaneous settlement in South Sudan’s Unity State already sheltering some 80,000 Sudanese refugees,” he added. “If the current rate of arrivals continues, more than 15,000 refugees may arrive by June 2015 and UNHCR is concerned that current funding may be inadequate to meet the needs of additional refugees, exceeding the original planning figure of 25,000,” Mr. Spindler warned. He said that refugees, mainly from Um Dorrein, Heiban and Delami Counties have told UNHCR that they escaped widespread violence in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains region. “Refugees have also cited the lack of livelihood opportunities and education in their areas of origin as reasons for leaving. The majority arrived in trucks while others came on foot. Nearly 70 percent of new arrivals are children, and an estimated 10 percent suffer from malnutrition and measles.” At the Yida transit centre managed by Africa Humanitarian Action and the International Red Cross, UNHCR and its partners provide initial reception and assistance to the new arrivals, including hot meals. Refugees are medically screened and receive a measles vaccination.UNHCR is also registering all new arrivals to ensure that refugees can be identified quickly and are able to access assistance. To date, more than 80 percent of new arrivals have been transported from Yida to Ajuong Thok, a camp established in March 2013 to ease overcrowding in the Yida settlement. But with 18,000 Sudanese refugees already living in Ajoung Thok, the camp has almost reached its full capacity of 25,000 people. There is an urgent need to improve current infrastructure as well as education and shelter. “We are working with the Government of South Sudan to identify a site to set up a new camp in Unity State in preparation for any more arrivals,” the UNHCR spokesman said. South Sudan is currently home to nearly 250,000 refugees, mostly from Sudan and more than 1.8 million internally displaced people.Also today, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, announced that he will visit South Sudan from 1 to 6 February to assess the human rights situation.During his trip, Mr. Simonovic will seek updates on progress in investigations of human rights violations committed since the resumption of fighting in December 2013 that have resulted in the killing of thousands of civilians and internal displacement of over a million people. He will also discuss ways to prevent future violations.The Assistance Secretary-General is scheduled to meet with a number of government officials as well as civil society actors in Juba, South Sudan’s capital. He is also scheduled to visit Bentiu, Malakal and Rumbek.This is Mr. Simonovic’s second visit to South Sudan. He first visited in January 2014. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 7 depth chart prior to Nebraska game

OSU linebackers Jerome Baker (17), Dre’Mont Jones (86) and Chase Young (2) prepare for a play during the 2017 season opener vs Indiana. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days before its matchup on the road against Nebraska (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten), No. 9 Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) released its depth chart, revealing several changes due to injuries on the lines and a few others due to recent performances.Following the season-ending broken leg injury suffered by redshirt sophomore right guard Branden Bowen, redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell and redshirt junior Demetrius Knox were listed as co-starters at right guard. Redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon is now the backup at left guard, a spot previously held by Burrell.During a teleconference Tuesday, head coach Urban Meyer said the right guard position was still an open battle between Burrell, Knox and Pridgeon. Burrell took over at right guard Saturday after Bowen’s injury.Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was listed as the starter at defensive tackle. Jones missed the last two games with an injury after cutting his leg on a locker a couple days before the team’s game against Rutgers.The kickoff specialist for the game is listed as redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger. He started at the position for the first time this season during the Maryland game. Nuernberger was replaced during the third quarter by freshman Blake Haubeil, who held the position for the first five games of the season.Senior safety Erick Smith made an appearance on the depth chart after not playing the last two weeks. He is listed as sophomore Jordan Fuller’s backup at free safety. Meyer said Smith had to “handle his business” the Monday following the team’s 56-0 victory against Rutgers.The depth chart can be found here. read more

Online moisture analyser for bulks such as iron ore or coal easy

first_imgCallidan Instruments, the manufacturer of MoistScan®, has recently added remote access functionality to its range of online microwave moisture analysers. The MoistScan is now equipped with internet-based wireless connectivity making remote calibration and service easy and cost effective.  A MoistScan engineer can now connect to the anlayser via a VPN (virtual private network) at any time from anywhere in the world. MoistScan employs state-of-the-art microwave technology to accurately measure moisture in a wide-range of bulk materials, particularly on conveyor systems.MoistScan Engineer, Anthony Kelly said that “real time remote access enables us to check the operation and performance of the MoistScan and in particular verify the calibration without having to attend site or having the customer send us data.  We can log into the instrument using a normal web browser and look at the HMI as if we were in front of the instrument.  We can download historical data for analysis to check the accuracy of the calibration. If need be we can change settings to improve the calibration.” Kelly said that the MoistScan now also has the capability to send an alert via SMS message or email if there is a problem or if the moisture strays outside of set tolerances.As with all online instrumentation, the accuracy of the MoistScan depends on the quality of the calibration. “Often when we commission and calibrate a gauge on site, we do not experience the full scope of normal operating conditions, particularly the full range of moisture, the typical variation in loading on the belt, and the entire product range. Ideally you want to calibrate the MoistScan over the entire scope of operating conditions. With the onboard data logging and remote access capability of the MoistScan we now can build the calibration over several weeks, improving it as we collect more data.”Kelly said that Callidan Instruments now offers a remote service plan. “Here we periodically log onto the instrument, download data, check the calibration and make adjustments if required. This takes all the hassle away from the customer and gives them peace of mind that the analyser is correctly reporting moisture.”last_img read more

PhilippiHagenbuch releases new tailgate calculator

first_imgPHIL has offered a tailgate calculator for years, showing clients and potential clients the type of efficiency they can expect when they add a tailgate to their haul truck. To make the process easier, PHIL has just released a spreadsheet, allowing you to plug in just a little information about your truck fleet and it will give you a conservative estimate on potential efficiencies. Within the document, available on the website, the spreadsheet will go over your current carrying capacity, proposed carrying capacity, fuel consumption, down time, tyre costs and rear end spillage.last_img

Washougal summer event will move to be called Pirates in the Park

first_imgAfter three years of commandeering Reflection Plaza, pirates will take their yearly summer celebration in Washougal closer to the high seas in August.Pirates in the Park — formerly known as Pirates in the Plaza — will take place a new location in its fourth year. The event will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24 on Cottonwood Beach at Captain William Clark Park, 3333 Index St.“We decided to change things with a new location,” AJ Bogue, Washougal Business Association president, said in a release from the organization. “We love the idea of a natural park setting with the beautiful Columbia River close by. It is the perfect spot to host pirate fun.”The event asks for a $5 donation to enter, which goes to the Washougal Business Association.Pirates in the Park will feature live music, performances by Bilge Rats & Pyrettes and Circus Luminescence, dog agility activities, games, a beer garden, food vendors and a pirate costume contest.Food and craft vendors will be open when the event starts, along with games, coloring and painting for kids. Leashed pets are welcome, and pet activities finish at 4 p.m. The beer garden opens at 2 p.m., featuring local breweries, and it will be open until the event is over. Food vendors include Washougal restaurants Alex Smokehouse, Smeads Pub and Peggy’s Place.“The WBA is working to ‘put Washougal first’ and provide our local businesses the opportunity to serve customers at events such as this,” Bogue said in the release.last_img read more

Juventus investigators home almost set ablaze

first_imgFederico Ruffo, the journalist who led an investigation by Rai 3 programme Report said he has been receiving an immense hate campaign ever since he led that investigation and has just been subject to arson attempt.Football Italia explains the Rai 3 programme Report as an investigation into attempts by the Ndrangheta organized crime syndicates to infiltrate Juventus ultras which resulted in the death of Juve fan Raffaello Bucci.Ruffo’s house would’ve been set ablaze at 4.30am on Tuesday as his home had petrol poured on the doorway as well as a red cross painted on his wall but his dog’s barking scared the arsonists.“Whoever did this was clearly not very experienced, because they tripped up on the dog’s bowl and made a noise…” Ruffo told Radio Kiss Kiss and the TG1 as quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“There is a sense of bitterness here, because nobody, apart from those working at RAI, realized the situation had become so grim.”“There has been an immense hate campaign against us from the very first ads stating Report were investigating the Juventus situation. We received threats of all kinds.”“Every morning, I wake up to find threatening messages on social media by people asking why I am still breathing, all because I looked into their beloved club.”“They are so accustomed to this sort of dynamic that they feel legitimized to do anything. Obviously, I don’t just give up.”last_img read more

Privy Council rejects appeal on no jury trial for Misick

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPress summary handed down on 25 June 2015Press summary handed down on 25 June 2015Providenciales, 26 Jun 2015 – Michael Misick has seen his (and others) appeal dismissed as the UK Privy Council agrees that it is because they do not believe Turks and Caicos Islanders in a jury can deliver an unbiased verdict. A reported jury pool of 6,000, which the special judges believe is small convinces the panel that too many people in the islands are too closely linked and that it is better for retired Jamaican judge, Justice Paul Harrison to decide the case on his own. This now clears the way as one online article puts it for the corruption trials of the former government men and women and some of their relatives to begin in December.Attorneys for Mike Misick, F Chambers Law firm explained they will next try at the European Court of Human Rights. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta SIPT Opening Statement brings anticipation for evidence, Proceedings resume today Related Items:appeal, eauropean court of human rights, michael misick, privy council, reject, UK Recommended for you SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENSlast_img read more

Digicel TCI Launches Microsoft 365 in TCI

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you #MagneticNewsMedia Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI — January 12, 2017: TCI’s leading business solutions provider, Digicel Business have today announced the launch of Microsoft Office 365—a best-in-class productivity solution that enables users to work and collaborate anywhere on their favourite devices.“TCI companies are showing tremendous interest in cloud technologies and workforce productivity tools,” said Stephen Murad, Chief Commercial Officer, speaking at the launch event held at Digicel Corporate Office, Leeward Highway on Thursday, January 12.  “As the Caribbean’s only certified telco Tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Service Provider, we are able to provide our customers with even more solutions to fulfill their business needs and are very happy to be launching the Microsoft Office 365 suite today.”Microsoft Office 365 gives users access to the latest version of high-quality productivity tools, such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel, among others. This also includes cloud e-mail, OneDrive for cloud file storing and sharing, Skype for Business, videoconferencing and real-time collaboration.Murad added, “At Digicel Business, we’re always looking for ways to help local businesses create positive and seamless experiences for their own customers using leading ICT solutions.  This partnership will certainly enable us to deliver on this, while allowing our customers to enjoy the additional benefits of a solution that is affordable and is backed by the support of the Digicel Business and Microsoft teams.”Ricardo Agosto, Territory Manager for Microsoft TCI, noted, “At Microsoft our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. This partnership with Digicel Business will allow us to take steps together in providing every organization in TCI the possibility to take their companies through a digital transformation with technology, empowering them to achieve their goals.”As a certified Tier 1 Microsoft Cloud Service Provider, customers will benefit from local support and expertise on all Office 365 and Azure products, as well as receive additional features like local on- island support backed by a 99.9-percent uptime, geo-redundancy and disaster recovery. Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Government committed to tackling issues surrounding land ownershipCrown Land

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest said the issue of land is generally a very emotive one in The Bahamas.During the 2017 Bahamas Association of Land Surveyors Conference at the British Colonial Hilton, Thursday, November 2, 2017, DPM Turnquest explained that in New Providence, the issue mainly concerns boundary lines and ownership, whereas in the Family Islands, having land represents a sense of family pride, social standing or wealth and opportunity.“The current system of land ownership and registration is unhelpful however and retards the realization of that wealth and opportunity that we must change.”He explained that this current Government Administration was committed to rectifying this situation before winning the 2017 General Elections as noted in its 2017 Campaign Manifesto.“We indicated that we will continue the regularization of unauthorized occupation of Crown Land and to grant Crown Land to those deserving Bahamians who intend to be there, develop it for commercial purposes or for residential purposes, particularly to encourage migration back to the Family Islands and to help develop their economies.“We do not want to disenfranchise persons; we do not want to dislocate persons from land they may have been working genuinely, where they may have thought they had a title to it; where they have built or farmed.   We want to work in a very holistic way that empowers these individuals to actually realize the full potential of the asset they are working.”DPM Turnquest said, “This approach will include accruements in the way land is recorded and titled rights are passed, to the introduction of land adjudication programs and the settlement of the vexing issues of Generation and Crown Land Grants.”He noted that there have been legendary land surveyors who have played significant roles in the development of the country.“Unfortunately, there have also been those that are not as ethical as we would like to see in the profession; some lacking professional integrity and those lacking prerequisite professional training and skill, but yet placing themselves on unsuspecting citizens resulting in loss of millions of dollars and loss of opportunities.”He said, “We all have heard of persons being given land surveys for the wrong property, or boundary lines being incorrectly placed or Crown Grants being given for the wrong property.”He said the conference was necessary to help to once again sensitize the surveyors to the need for professional integrity and to remind them of the importance of the work that they do and the consequences of not behaving in a manner that is so vital to the proper management of land or to the protection of property rights.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)last_img read more

Wilmington Highs Emily Hill To Compete At World Tennis Team Junior Nationals

first_imgLUDLOW, MA — Wilmington High School junior Emily Hill will be competing at the World Team Tennis (WTT) Junior Nationals in San Diego, California, from July 23 to July 27.Hill’s team — the Nashua 18U Advanced Junior Team Tennis team out of the Nashua Swim and Tennis Club in Nashua, New Hampshire — will be representing New England at the competition.Hill was the WHS Girls Tennis team’s top player this past season, competing as its #1 single’s player. She led the Wildcats to a 11-7 record and a second consecutive state tournament bid. Hill was named a Middlesex League All-Star.Hill’s Nashua team took the top spot in a three-team New England qualifier on June 9 at Ludlow Tennis Club played in WTT format. Teams played two matches (round robin style) in the unique format, which includes playing lets and allowing the option to substitute players during a match, among other rules.“We were excited to get the invitation this year to WTT Junior Nationals. This is a great opportunity for some of our JTT players to compete in this unique format and represent New England on a national level against others with similar ability,” said Jon Kostek, USTA New England Youth Play Manager.Nashua finished atop the standings, 12 games ahead of second-place finisher, Guilford Advanced, from Guilford, CT (89-77), while Suozzo Advanced, from New Hampshire, came in third at 41 games won. Nashua went 2-0 (12-4 sets) with a 41-33 win against Guilford and a 48-18 victory over Suozzo.Nashua was coached by Jurgen Georgs and was comprised of his two sons, Kai and Jens, along with Hill, Claire Reynolds, Linda Kong and Jason Boucher. Boucher, Reynolds and Jens Georgs each went 2-0 in matches while the rest of the team each finished 1-1.Nashua will be one of 16 teams competing at Nationals in July.“Being one of the teams that gets to compete out in San Diego is just awesome. They will have an experience that they will always remember,” Coach Jurgen Georgs said. “Having a JTT team that comes from New Hampshire I think is well deserved since they have been championing Junior Team Tennis for years through the hard efforts of folks like Debra LaPress and Diane Phelps.”Coach Jurgen Georgs, Kai Georgs, Linda Kong, Emily Hill, Claire Reynolds, Jens Georgs, Jason Boucher (Photo Courtesy of Marie Reynolds)(NOTE: Much of the above information is from a press release from USTA New Hampshire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”VIDEO: WHS Girls Tennis Team Celebrates Its SeniorsIn “Videos”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Suffer Losses To Winchester & LexingtonIn “Sports”last_img read more

Dengue kills 3 more 2428 more affected

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoThree more people, including two women, have died of dengue while 2,428 newly infected people have been admitted to different hospitals across the country.The deaths were reported in Dhaka on Wednesday while the new infections in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.The deceased were identified as Amina Begum, 60, daughter of Hafez Ali Malek of Moderhat in Shariatpur, Asia Begum, 39, wife of Jabed Ali of Gozaria in Munshiganj, and Awlad Hossain, 32, son of Tofazzal Hossain of Paschim Bazi Kasba in Munshiganj Sadar upazila. All of them succumbed to the mosquito-borne fever at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).Amina was admitted to the DMCH on 3 August and she breathed her last around 2pm, hospital sources said.Asia had been suffering from dengue for the 10-12 days and was taken to the hospital on 4 August when her condition deteriorated. She died in the afternoon while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit.Awlad had been suffering from dengue for the last five days. He died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 4:20am, said DMCH Assistant Director Dr Md Nasir Uddin.With this, 18 dengue patients have so far died at the DMCH, he added.According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 1,275 of the new dengue cases were reported from the capital with five suffering from dengue hemorrhagic.Since its beginning this year, 32,340 people were hospitalised across the country with dengue, according to government data.At least 8,707 patients, including children, are currently undergoing treatment at hospitals while the rest were discharged after treatment. In Dhaka, 5,389 dengue patients are currently hospitalised.Since January, 23 dengue patients died, all in the capital, the DGHS said, although the unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.Meanwhile, the government has allocated Tk 515 million (Tk 51.5 crore) to help the city corporations and municipalities fight mosquitoes.Of the amount, the two Dhaka city corporations were given Tk 7.5 crore each while Tk 1 crore each was allocated for Gazipur, Narayanganj and Chittagong city corporations.The other city corporations received Tk 50 lakh each while Tk 30 crore was allocated for all the municipalities.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader asked the authorities concerned to refrain from spraying ineffective mosquito medicines.Dhaka, the overcrowded capital, has been at the centre of the dengue outbreak.UNB correspondents from different districts said new dengue cases were being reported every day.In Khagrachhari, a shortage of dengue detection kits at hospitals in eight upazilas of the district is forcing people to throng the Sadar Hospital which has already been overwhelmed by a large number of patients.A total of 40 people, suffering from dengue, were admitted to the Sadar Hospital in the last 11 days. Twelve of them returned home after receiving treatment while 25 others are being treated at the hospital while another patient, Ajay Saha, was shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated.In Jhenidah, nine new dengue patients were admitted, in the last 24 hours, to Sadar Hospital where currently 29 people are taking treatment for dengue, said Ayub Ali, superintendent of the hospital.In Sylhet, 21 more dengue patents were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. Of those admitted, 14 returned home after treatment and currently 52 people, including women and children, are taking treatment for dengue, said the hospital sources.In Natore, six new dengue patients were admitted to Sadar Hospital. A total of 13 people, including a pregnant woman, were treated in hospital and all of them got infected in Dhaka.In Bhola, 59 people have so far been infected with dengue, including 11 new cases in 24 hours till Wednesday, said civil surgeon Rathindranath Majumdar.He said currently, 19 people remained at different hospitals in the district.In Cumalla, a total of 120 people are currently receiving treatment in different hospitals and of them, 31 were admitted in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning.Civil surgeon Mujibur Rahman said 209 more people returned home after taking treatment in the district.In Bagerhat, 11 people were found to be newly infected with dengue and they were taken to Sadar Hospital.With this, a total of 35 people were hospitalised since July 27 in the district.In Khulna, 158 people were infected with dengue afresh in the last 24 hours till Wednesday morning, said the local DGHS office.Currently, 260 dengue patients are hospitalised while three people have so far died of dengue in the district.In Pirojpur, 14 more people were taken to different hospitals with dengue, according to the control room at the local DGHS office.With this, 56 dengue cases were reported in the district in the last one week.In Manikganj, doctors and hospital staff are struggling to provide adequate health services to a growing number of dengue patients at Sadar Hospital.A total of 275 people have so far been infected with dengue in the district. Of them, two had died and currently 125 are taking treatment at hospitals while the rest were sent to Dhaka for better treatment.last_img read more

Baltimore Traffic Comes To A Stop As Protesters Decry Gov Hogans Teen

first_imgRush hour traffic came to a standstill on major Baltimore roadways as protesters on Tuesday condemned Gov. Larry Hogan’s plans to build a $30 million youth jail and at the same time cut $11 million from Baltimore’s school funding.The Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple and veteran of the Freddie Gray protests, and several groups of protesters blocked exits to 395, Key Highway and several others in downtown Baltimore in an effort to get their demands heard. Rev. Bryant promised that this would be the first of 10 “plagues” that he and his group would visit on Baltimore until Hogan changed his mind.Asked why he used the term “plague” he said, “I can not find a biblical reference of people protesting. When we try to protest, the media calls it riots.” He added, “We are outraged that the Governor has his priorities out of place. His spirit is towards incarcerating Black males instead of educating them.”Rev. Bryant said of Hogan, who is on a 12-day trade mission to Asia, that Hogan should bring back computers for Baltimore schools from his trip because the ones students use are often outdated and in disrepair.Maryland approved a new youth jail facility after the Department of Justice found that young people were treated harshly in Baltimore’s adult jails.Instead of funding a new jail Rev. Bryant said he hoped Hogan would, in addition to giving more money to Baltimore’s schools, increase funding for the Enoch Pratt Library “because it will stem the tide of violence.”last_img read more

Shop owners harassed over Kali Puja donation 3 held

first_imgKolkata: Businesspersons were allegedly harassed at Natunbazar near Dum Dum cantonment for refusing donation as demanded by a local club for Kali Puja.Locals alleged that the members of the club demanded Rs 40,000 from each shop owner, which was quite a big amount and they refused. As revenge, local club members allegedly put cement and multipurpose sealant material on the locks of several shops. Dum Dum Police Station later arrested one person for extortion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the local businesspersons, members of Rabindranagar Natun Bazar Social Welfare Society demanded Rs 40,000 from seven shop owners on Thursday. As the amount was very high, they refused. Some of the shop owners offered them Rs 3000 but the organisers refused to take that amount and left. “I told them that I can give upto Rs 3,000 but refused to take it. On Friday morning, when I came to open my shop, I noticed the key hole of the shutter was sealed using cement and sealant material. Not only mine, several other owners were also targetted in the same manner,” said Chandan Kundu, a shop owner. Other shop owners alleged that the club members pressurise them for donation every year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice personnel from Dum Dum Police Station went to the spot and noted all the shop owners’ statements. A specific case was lodged on charges of extortion and three person were detained. The trio were arrested later. They will be produced before Barrackpore Court on Saturday. “A specific case has been lodged and three persons have been arrested on charges of extortion. Nothing more can be said before a detailed investigation,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner (zone II) of Barrackpore Police.last_img read more

195 nations seal historic Paris pact to stop global warming

first_imgRelated posts:Weather disasters have doubled in past 30 years: UN report A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica Paris climate summit is already a win for Obama, but planet remains in danger Cheers as French hosts release proposed UN climate-rescue pact LE BOURGET,France — To rousing cheers and tears of relief, envoys from 195 nations approved Saturday an accord to stop global warming, offering hope that humanity can avert catastrophic climate change and usher in an energy revolution.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius ended nearly a fortnight of gruelling U.N. negotiations in Paris with the bang of a gavel, marking consensus among the ministers, who stood for several minutes to clap and shout their joy.“I see the room, I see the reaction is positive, I hear no objection. The Paris climate accord is adopted,” Fabius declared.Turning to a little green hammer with which he formally gave life to the arduously-crafted pact, he quipped: “It may be a small gavel but it can do big things.”The deal, to take effect from 2020, ends decades-long rows between rich and poor nations over how to carry out what will be a multi-trillion-dollar effort to cap global warming and deal with consequences already occurring.With 2015 forecast to be the hottest year on record, world leaders and scientists had said the accord was vital for capping rising temperatures and averting the most calamitous impacts from climate change.Without urgent action, they warned of increasingly severe droughts, floods and storms, as well as rising seas that would engulf islands and coastal areas populated by hundreds of millions of people.The crux of the fight to limit global warming requires cutting back or eliminating the use of coal, oil and gas for energy, which has largely powered prosperity since the Industrial Revolution began in the 1700s.The burning of those fossil fuels releases invisible greenhouse gases, which cause the planet to warm and change Earth’s delicate climate system.Ending the vicious circles requires a switch to cleaner sources, such as solar and wind, and improving energy efficiency. Some nations are also aggressively pursuing nuclear power, which does not emit greenhouse gases.Ambitious global warming limitThe Paris accord sets a target of limiting warming of the planet to “well below” 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared with the Industrial Revolution, while aiming for an even more ambitious goal of 1.5 C.To do so, the emissions of greenhouse gases will need to peak “as soon as possible,” followed by rapid reductions, the agreement states.The world has already warmed almost 1 C, which has caused major problems for many people around the world particularly in developing countries, such as more severe storms, droughts and rising seas, according to scientists.Environment groups said the Paris agreement was a turning point in history and spelt the demise of the fossil fuel industry, pointing particularly to the significance of the 1.5 C goal.“That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states,” Greenpeace International chief Kumi Naidoo said.Enduring money battlesDeveloping nations had insisted rich countries must shoulder the lion’s share of responsibility for tackling climate change as they emitted most of the greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution.The United States and other rich nations countered that emerging giants must also do more, arguing developing countries now account for most of current emissions and thus will be largely responsible for future warming.On the crucial financing issue, developing countries agreed to muster at least $100 billion a year from 2020 to help developing nations.However, following U.S. objections, it was not included in the legally binding section of the deal.Ahead of the talks, most nations submitted voluntary plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions from 2020, a process widely hailed as an important platform for success.But scientists say that, even if the pledges were fully honored, Earth would be on track for warming far above safe limits.In an effort to encourage countries to improve their ambitions, the agreement will have five-yearly of their pledges starting from 2023.Nations most vulnerable to climate change lobbied hard for wording in the Paris pact to limit warming to 1.5 C.Big polluters, such as China, India and oil producing-giant Saudi Arabia, preferred a ceiling of 2 C, which would have enabled them to burn fossil fuels for longer.Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist for the World Bank who has become a prominent global advocate of climate action, also hailed the deal.“This is a historic moment, not just for us and our world today, but for our children, our grandchildren and future generations,” Stern said.“The Paris Agreement is a turning point in the world’s fight against unmanaged climate change, which threatens prosperity and well-being among both rich and poor countries.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more